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March 09, 2017


Bill Jenkins
July 21, 1941 - March 4, 2017

BILLY WAYNE “BILL” JENKINS, AGE 75 and a resident of Pekin, Illinois passed away at 3:18 pm Saturday March 4, 2017 at Pekin Manor. He was born July 21, 1941 in Franklinton, LA to the late Zelimer “Bud” Jenkins and Lurleane Hunt Jenkins. Bill was a 1959 graduate of Zachary High School and later graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1983. He attended the LSU Fire School and became a certified firefighting instructor. While living in Franklinton, Bill was the dispatcher for the local fire department. He was an animal lover that enjoyed playing fantasy baseball and reading. Bill was a fan of the Chicago Cubs and LSU Tigers football and baseball teams. He had resided, alongside his wife, in Illinois for the previous 17 years and had a special place in his heart for his pet cat Miss Kitty and dog Pepe.
Survived by: Wife: Judith Kay Kaldi Jenkins of Pekin, IL; 2 Daughters and Sons in law: Joni Jenkins Truxillo and David Truxillo of New Orleans, Stacy Jenkins Ashton and Thomas Ashton of Baton Rouge; 2 Step-sons and Spouses: Mark and Michelle Valentine of Marquette Heights, IL and Brian and Amy Valentine of Pekin; 4 Grandchildren; Brother and Sister in law: Rev. Larry and Kathy Jenkins of Franklinton
Visitation will be Saturday March 18th from 12 pm until 2 pm at Crain Funeral Home in Franklinton (1109 Bene Street, Franklinton, LA 70438). A memorial service will be held following the visitation at 2 pm in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Dr. Honan and the staff of Pekin Manor and Hospice Compassus for their care and support.

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